Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 17th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Sam Cooke “Somebody Have Mercy” from One Night Stand - Sam Cooke Live At the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (Sony 2005) —Written by Sam Cooke and found on this 1963 live recording recorded at the Harlem Square Club in Miami. One of the greatest live soul albums ever recorded. Ragged and right.Buy it!
King Curtis “Soul Twist” from Soul Time (Great American Music 2010) —Music bed. 1962 instrumental hit written by KIng Curtis. That's him playing tenor sax on this track and the previous live Sam Cooke track.Buy it!
The Soul Children “Move Over” from Iron Fist Chronicles-Episode 1: Deep Soul (Soul Temple 2012) N —Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and recorded in 1968 for Stax. Cheating songs were somewhat of a staple for this two-man, two-woman vocal group.Buy it!
Margie Hendrix “Don't Destroy Me” from Cheatin' Soul and the Southern Dream of Freedom (Trikont 2005) —The Raelettes' singer recorded this cheating soul song in 1968 for the Nashville-based Sound Stage 7 label. Written by Jo Armstead.Buy it!
Doris Duke “Congratulations Baby” from I'm A Loser (Alive Natural Sound 2014) —Written by Gary U.S. Bonds, Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg, and Maurice Gimbel. The vocals on this entire album are just incredible. Produced by Jerry Willaims, Jr. Highly recommended.Buy it!
James Hunter “No Smoke Without Fire” from People Gonna Talk CD ALBUM (Go 2006) —James Hunter has his first album in five years coming out in February (2/26) and it is produced by Bosco Mann of the Dap-Kings. He's on tour in February & March but gets no closer than Chicago on 3/2.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Expressway (To Your Heart)” from Doin' Our Thing SINGLE (Stax Records url 1968) —1968 instrumental version of the Soul Survivors hit written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Trust Me” from Keep Me In Mind: The Complete Imperial and Liberty Singles - Vol. 3 (Ace 2012) N —Written by Bobby Womack and recorded in 1969. This is the third and final installment of singles recorded for the Liberty and Imperial labels by Jackie DeShannon.Buy it!
Rumer “Be Nice” from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) —Beautiful version of the Todd Rundgren song (originally released by him in 1973) from one of my favorite releases of 2012.Buy it!
The Ronettes “Baby, I Love You” from The Essential Phil Spector (Phil Spector Records/Legacy 2011) —Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich and recorded in 1963. Arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “Well You Better” from Fade (Matador 2013) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Yo La Tengo and Calexico will be at the Pageant at the end of the month (Thursday 1/31). Highly recommended double bill.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Super Trouper” from Tears for Affairs - EP (Elefant Records 2007) —2007 ABBA cover sang lovingly and with much melancholy by Tracyanne Campbell. Camera Obscura is going to be at SXSW in March. This makes me very happy.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 previously unissued instrumental.Buy it!
Dom La Nena “Buenos Aires” from Ela (Six Degrees Records 2013) N —Debut release from the Brazilian born cellist and vocalist. This is absolutely gorgeous. She wrote all the songs on this and they are sung in Portuguese and Spanish.Buy it!
The Mosquitos “Um Homem Precisa de Uma Empregada (A Man Needs a Maid)” from Mosquitos III (Bar/None Records 2006) —This NYC-based band features the lead vocals of Juju Stulbach and, hey, how often do you hear this Neil Young song sung in Portuguese?Buy it!
Bebel Gilberto “No Return” from This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks (Rykodisc 2002) —Written by Ray Davies and sung by the bossa nova vocalist. This set goes out to Andrea who hosts Radio Rio on Saturdays from 5-7 PM right here on 88.1 KDHX. No other show like it in St. Louis.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Corner Store” from Jonathan Goes Country (Rounder 1990) —Jonathan Richman will be at Off Broadway in February (Wed 2 6). This album features backing by the Skeletons and Tom Brumley on pedal steel. Need I say more?Buy it!
Eleanor Roosevelt “James Brown Boulevard” from Water Bread & Beer (Skuntry 2012) N L —New release by the St. Louis band. It has been a long time coming. Chris King sings lead and Geoff Seitz plays fiddle on this.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “This Girl” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) R —The Punch Brothers will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Friday (1/25). I believe the show is sold out so you might want to check before heading on down there.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Wrong Heartbeat” from Hand of Kindness (Hannibal 1983) —Written by Richard Thompson with backing by Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Pete Thomas, Pete Zorn, John Kirkpatrick, and Clive Gregson. There are backup bands and then there are backing bands.Buy it!
Martin Simpson “Louisiana 1927” from Prodigal Son (Topic 2007) —Written by Randy Newman and featuring Jackson Browne on backing vocals. In the tuning of Csus4+9 for those of you who are curious.Buy it!
Boss Hall “Bedazzled” from In The Pale (Artist 2012) L —Tom Hall took a fall and broke his collarbone. There will be a benefit at the Shanti, Saturday, January 19th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm to raise money. Great cause for a great musician.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where Are You Going Now?” from Science Won (self-released 2012) L —Songbird Cafe Wednesday (1/23) @ Focal Point David and Jeff Lazaroff ( Bros Lazaroff) Elizabeth McQueen ( from Asleep at the Wheel) , and Jenny Roques Doors 7PM show 7:30 PMBuy it!
Junebug “7th Street” from Dead Horse (self-released 2013) N L —Junebug is having their CD release party tomorrow night (Friday 1/18) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Also on the bill are the Skekses and Karen Choi.Buy it!